SFSU Public Affairs Press ReleasePublished by the Public Affairs Office at San Francisco State University, Diag Center.
SAN FRANCISCO, November 16, 1999 ---At the final event celebrating its 100th anniversary, San Francisco State University will honor 11 outstanding living alumni at its Centennial Gala on Thursday, December 2, in the Rotunda of City Hall. In addition, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and actress Annette Bening will receive the President's Medal from SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan.
The 11 Distinguished Centennial Alumni, selected for their significant contributions to their fields and representing the University's 11 decades of service, include:
"We take great delight in the accomplishments of these men and women, but their achievements do not diminish our pride in the more than 190,000 other alumni whose names may not be widely familiar but who have made important contributions to their communities, professions, and families," said President Corrigan.
The President's Medal being awarded to Senator Feinstein is the highest honor a California State University president can bestow on his or her own. It recognizes both her exemplary career and service to SFSU.
President and Mrs. Corrigan are hosts for the gala. Mrs. Martha Hertelendy is the event chair. Ms. Bening and Mayor Brown are honorary chairs.
The honorary committee includes Nancy Jarvis and Stephen Farrand, Ruth Felt, Mrs. A. Barlow Ferguson, Sherri Ferris, Mr. and Mrs. Clement Galante, Richard Goldman, Louis Heilbron, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hertelendy, Mr. and Mrs. James Ho, Mr. and Mrs. John Jacobs, David and P.J. Jamison, Congressman and Mrs. Tom Lantos, Mr. and Mrs. George Marcus, Amy McCombs, Dr. Nancy McDermid, Sue Meyer, Margaret Norton, Robert and Sue Ohrenschall, Mr. and Mrs. Don W. Scoble, Dr. A. Jess Shenson, Mr. and Mrs. L. Jay Tenen baum, Norma Urcuyo-Siani and Albert W. Alston Jr., Dr. and Mrs. Gerald West, and Zeppelin Wong.
The SFSU centennial celebration, commemorating the institution's founding in 1899 as the first state normal school, began this past March with a Founders' Week party featuring a 100-foot cake. The week culminated with the groundbreaking for a new, 760-bed student residence and services complex named the Village at Centennial Square.
A special hundred-year commencement ceremony, a series of lectures showcasing aspects of SFSU history, and performances and exhibits have also marked the centennial celebration.
Today, SFSU has approximately 27,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff. More than 70 percent of its undergraduates are members of ethnic minorities; almost 60 percent are women. Its faculty members include biologist Tom Smith, an authority on rainforest biodiversity; Frances Mayes, the best-selling author of Under the Tuscan Sun; and Ralf Hotchkiss, recipient of a MacArthur Foundation grant for his international wheelchair design programs.
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